From backyard kickball to professional and collegiate teams, many women take part in sports across the country. Hundreds of thousands of women count themselves as collegiate athletes, and that number continues to grow. Unfortunately, that means that these women are also prone to painful sports injuries.
Nobody wants to go down with an injury. Unfortunately, injuries can happen, causing problems across the U.S. While you can’t stop every accident, there are sports injury prevention tips that you can follow to help you stay healthy.
A little roll, twist, or turn of the ankle can be all it takes for an injury. Ankle sprains are one of the most common sports injuries, especially among women. An ankle sprain occurs when one of the ankle ligaments are damaged. This results in various degrees of pain, swelling, and bruising depending on the severity of the sprain.
While prevalent in sports, ankle injuries can happen to people of all ages and can even require surgery in some cases. Building up ankle strength can help you maintain stability when your ankle wants to roll. Balance training such as standing on one leg for up to a minute at a time can help you avoid sprains in the future.
An ACL tear can be a devastating injury for any athlete, but women are eight times more likely to suffer an ACL tear than men. Quick cuts and other side-to-side movements can cause problems for your ACL, but there are exercises to help you strengthen your hamstrings, knees, and hips.
Lunge exercises help you build up the muscles around your knee, protecting the ligaments that hold it together. Squats are another way to build strength in your knees and hips. Also, make sure to stretch before you play sports to loosen up before you go out and play.
Sports injuries can affect more than just ligaments. Stress fractures in the shin and other bones are a threat to female athletes, especially as muscle mass and bone density decrease with age.
Running can play a big factor in lower-body stress fractures. Improper form or going too hard can lead to small fractures that will cause pain and tenderness until given a chance to heal. Proper footwear can help prevent some injuries, while maintaining a diet with enough calcium and vitamin D can keep your bones strong.
Talk to a Doctor About Your Sports Injuries
Whether you’ve suffered an injury or want to learn more about what you can do to stay healthy, make sure to speak with your doctor about your sports injury prevention and care. Give us a call at 888-428-8895 or contact us online today to set up an appointment with a Westshore physician and get ready for the playing field.
Dr. Zenos Vangelos, D.O.
DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.